Stress Management

Stress comes from positive as well as negative events in our lives and can include:

  • Our environment: weather, pollution, noise, pollen, traffic
  • Social stressors: deadlines, financial problems, job issues, loss of loved one, threat of war, presentations, stock market, divorce, retirement, watching the news
  • Physiological changes: hormone changes, illness, aging, injuries, disease, poor nutrition, inadequate sleep
  • Thoughts of: negative situations, fearful events, impending doom
  • Positive events: moving, getting married, getting promoted.

A small amount of stress is healthy and gives us the motivation to do things in our lives. However excessive amounts of stress (positive or negative) can lead to physiological changes in our bodies which can lead to illness. You are probably stressed out if you:

  • Sleep excessively
  • Use medicine to relax (over the counter or prescription)
  • Get irritable with people around you
  • Shut down emotionally to just get through the day
  • Eat excessively
  • Use alcohol or drugs to unwind
  • Ignore your own needs and just keep going
  • Work harder than ever to “finish”
  • Pretend there’s no problem, hope it will go away
  • Worry a lot but are too fearful to change anything
  • Smoke cigarettes or use caffeine for “uppers”
  • Shop to feel good or forget

Do you have any of the following symptoms which are not produced by a medical problem?

  • depression/anxiety
  • heart palpitations
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • ulcers
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • diarrhea
  • respiratory problems
  • immune system weakness
  • chronic pain
  • weight loss or gain

If you answered “yes” to even a few of these you may be suffering from excessive stress and would benefit from learning better coping strategies. These could include:

  • Identify the specific stress and change it
  • Talk to helpful, knowledgeable people
  • Take a short or long vacation from the problem
  • Play at your hobby – or find a hobby
  • Exercise or play physically
  • Laugh and joke with friends
  • Change the way you think about it
  • Take a short break and daydream
  • Eat good, healthy, nutritious food
  • Meditate, pray, go on a retreat
  • Accept what you cannot change, change the rest
  • Get eight hours of sleep every night

You may also benefit from learning the following techniques:

  • assertiveness training
  • thought stopping
  • worry control
  • progressive relaxation/meditation
  • meditation
  • guided imagery
  • coping skills training
  • goal setting
  • time management

If you are concerned about your ability to handle your stress, Dr. Grace can help you identify specific stressors that may be affecting your life or health and discuss ways to reduce them. Please call if you have questions.



How Stress Affects Our Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Effects of Stress at Work, Home, and in Relationships.
Stress Reduction Using Problem Solving.
Stress Reduction Using Meditation, Relaxation, and Guided Imagery.



“I came to Dr. Grace when I was very depressed, and chronically physically ill. She taught me about the mind, body, emotion, and spiritual connection and worked with me to help me see how they were connected in my particular situation. I never really knew how much stress could affect me. Dr. Grace helped me to get in touch with my own inner strength and wisdom and choose a new career which fit me much better. I am now employed in an exciting new career and totally healthy, emotionally and physically.” I.J. Patient


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